by Graham Pierrepoint
Just when you thought cellphones were destined to be ‘smart’ for good, someone comes along and changes the game completely. Nokia, the Finnish tech giants who have in recent years seemed to have taken a back seat in the cellphone and mobile technology business, recently advised that they would be partnering with Orange Mobile in France to work on 5G provisioning – and now, for fans of their old-school cellphone range, there is even more reason to believe that a Nokia comeback really is on the cards.
The firm is arguably best known for producing some of the world’s most durable and versatile handsets during the cellphone revolution less than twenty years ago – and while the smartphone market has been dominated by the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei, 2016 was not the best of years for the frontrunners. Therefore, it certainly seems that Nokia are swooping in to get the mobile tech world talking in early 2017. The latest news? They are to resurrect their landmark 3310 devices, which are largely credited with having contributed to the cellphone boom of the early 00s – a movement which saw a shift away from mobile cellular use away from businesses and towards mass market appeal.
The 3310, with an iconic design that many will remember from years gone by, was originally launched in 2000 and it’s thought that many devices still boot up and perform to this day. They were also extraordinarily durable – while many people today suffer from cracked screens and more besides, the 3310 could be dropped and knocked about with the assurance that it would still power up for you afterwards. The great news is that a new version of the handset is to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress towards the end of February – and that European buyers can expect to pay just €59 for it.
The Nokia 3310 is widely regarded as one of the most durable and battery-friendly devices ever made – meaning that its re-emergence will be welcomed by those who are looking for a hard-wearing handset that provides minimal features. Nokia also famously created a device for $29 that works for just 29 days – meaning that while they may have slowed up in the race to the smartphone podium, they have continued innovating in the background. Will you be keen to buy a 3310? We certainly might!